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Poster: brewster Date: Dec 2, 2002 11:28am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Visit to the Binding Machine factory

Pooja and I visited the company that makes the binding machines we use in the bookmobile. We met with Kevin Powis Parker, the inventor and president. He is the classic American Inventor: invented it in his basement, now has a successful company with hundreds of people.

Anyway, we are going to change which binding system we use which should make the covers:
* printable on the color laser rather than inkjet (yippie)
* cheaper: down to about $0.25/cover (important)
* better bind that will endure more page pulling (ya-hoo)

Unfortunately the current binding machine costs more and is larger. All fixed in the next release :)

I will put out more details in the coming weeks.

-brewster

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Poster: Ari Marcovski Date: Oct 21, 2004 11:30pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Visit to the Binding Machine factory

I happened to be browsing here and found your post on searching for a quality bind and wanted to tell you about our TruBind. (www.trubind.com). It is simply the best document binding solution our there in quality and cost effectiveness. Feel free to check our website and email me at amarcovski@trubind.com with any questions. Take care, Ari.

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Poster: mwoodwar Date: Dec 4, 2002 11:52pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Visit to the Binding Machine factory

Brewster, can you tell us more about the actual binding? Will it be a 'cloth type' as opposed to a spiral. Also, it the price and size increase an order of magnitude or less.

Mark

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Poster: brewster Date: Dec 5, 2002 12:37am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Visit to the Binding Machine factory

The binding is a "perfect bind" which is how almost all paperback books are bound. We will be shifting to use this binder:
http://www.powisparker.com/15xs.asp
and looking forward to new developments they are working on to bring the price and size down for what we need.

Even now, our books not only look like books, they are books.

The new covers will be glossy paper and wrap all around the book (where the current ones we have have a small ridge on the back). The great thing for me on this is we can print on the laser printer, they cost less, and more durable.

-brewster

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Poster: digitaldallas Date: Jul 17, 2007 3:16pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Visit to the Binding Machine factory

Hello:

Brewster you are doing a wonderful thing. The printed word is a very powerful and uplifting thing. I own a commercial printing company in Dallas, Tx and though I would not be interested in the tape binding machine for my commercial purposes it is ideal for what you are trying to do.

I have one question. Since all those types of machines depend on heat to melt the adhesive and bind the books. That usually requires a fair amount of power electricity. Are you running this off your normal car battery? Just curious. You are making this world a better place one book and child at a time.

Buzz
The Odee Company - Commercial Printer
http://www.odeecompany.com

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Poster: brewster Date: Jul 18, 2007 9:17am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Visit to the Binding Machine factory


We run off of a generator or a plug provided by the venue.

-brewster